Hajduk did the unthinkable. They beat Dinamo Zagreb in an important match.
Let me repeat that one more time. Hajduk beat Dinamo in an important match. Crazy, I know! (And this is coming from a Hajdukovac)
With only five matches remaining in the HNL season, Hajduk Split just shook up the title race in Croatia Wednesday night in front of a packed Stadion Poljud. After a boring scoreless 1st half, former Croatia international, Nikola Kalinić, would score the only goal of the game with a left-footed shot from the right side of the box. It didn’t look like Dinamo goalie Dominik Livaković ever saw the ball through his crowded defense as the ball soared past him. Nonetheless, it was the shot that would earn Hajduk Split all three points.
Frankly, Hajduk looked like the better team from start to finish. Livaković looked shaky in goal (nothing new there) and Bruno Petković looked like an absolute shell of the player that got him called up to the Croatian senior side. Poljud was rocking and even became louder after the Kalinić goal, which forced Toricida to light dozens of red flares that carried smoke through Poljud. For roughly 10 minutes, it was difficult to see what was going on. It’s surprising that the game was not stopped.
With the Hajduk win, Dinamo only have a two-point lead on Osijek with five matches remaining in the HNL season. Hajduk trail by four points. Dinamo host Hajduk May 21st on the last day of the season. Dinamo still has to play Osijek as well.